When it burns

Dhe bar Ooh Poo Pah Doo in the heart of New Orleans unfortunately had to close. At twelve hundred dollars a month, the rent was actually not that high, and it was never quite clear in Roberto Minervini’s documentary “What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire “. Judy Hill is the most important figure in this, she simply acts as “the woman” in the credits. A representative for black America in the south, with which Minervini deals.

A reporter would ask the normal research questions at this point: Has the rent been increased? Did you pay on time? What was given as a reason for termination? Minervini, however, only listens, he does not follow up, even if this only opens up the events in the way that people perceive when looking at their own life: limited by a variety of external circumstances and internal influences.

Judy Hill has been through a lot, as can be seen in another part of the film gratuit where she talks about sexual abuse, difficult male relationships, and her drug addiction that she has overcome. “I was shakin ‘like a 57 Chevy,” she describes her withdrawal in a picture that also reflects her current realities. Because in New Orleans the difference between a rickety used car and a shiny new one often has to do with prosperity factors that are distributed along the borders of “race”. In “What You Gonna Do When the World’s On Fire” the term is not only constitutive, it is also discussed specifically. One can differentiate people by “race” or by skin color. There are all possible gradations from “caramel” to “black”, but that is not important. “Race”, everyone is aware

Black community in New Orleans

Minervini maintains this separation, but for him the motivation is not racist, but rather eye-opening. Apart from a few white policemen, you only see African Americans in his film. He tells of Judy Hill, her mother Dorothy, of the brothers Ronaldo and Titus, who roam the area and dream of fleeing to Florida when they see trains, of the mother of the two who talks to them in their conscience that they are doing their schooling Should not neglect duties. “I need you pickin ‘up no bad habits.” The tone, the focus on the idiom, is central to the film. A group of the New Black Panther Party goes from door to door to find out about a crime because they don’t trust the police. Minervini shows people from the black community as “people”:

However, this term becomes problematic right at the beginning of the film, because you can see preparations for Mardi Gras. One of the costumes represents an “Indian chief”, that is, a representative of another “people” or a “nation” into which the American population is divided according to different logics and historical experiences. The whites, someone says, differ in that they don’t have to demand their power. “They don’t have to say: White Power. They legislate. “

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